Brazil may be 20 times bigger than Germany, but it has just one-thousandth of the installed solar power —and this despite enjoying an average daytime solar irradiation of 5.5 kilowatt-hours per square meter, which is almost twice as high as in Germany. But is this potential being utilized? And, if so, is the know-how available to leverage it?
The energy supply of the future is renewable, independent and affordable. Solar energy and thus SMA as a system provider for photovoltaics will play a major role here. Learn new things about SMA and find out what makes us stand out in our one-minute video.
Guests from the worlds of politics, business and society took up the invitation and celebrated 35 years of SMA with us at the beginning of September. The official ceremony was followed by the SMA summer party for the employees at the Kassel site in Germany. Here are a few images from the festivities.
“The energy supply of the future is decentralized and renewable.” This was the vision that inspired Günther Cramer, Peter Drews and Reiner Wettlaufer to found SMA 35 years ago. Today, their vision is a reality in many countries around the world. Thanks to innovative technology and falling system costs, a global decentralized electricity supply using renewable energies is now unstoppable.
Bol güneş, muazzam kullanılabilir alan ve büyük bir enerji gereksinimi, ayrıca devlet teşviği. Türkiye’de güneş enerjisi sektörün ivme kazanmaya başladı. 2016 yılı içerisinde 600 Megawatt ve üzerinde bir pazar büyüklüğü bekleniyor. Ancak pazar henüz başlangıç aşamasında; özellikle izin ve onay süreçleri ile yönetmeliklerin çok sık değişmesi nedeniyle de zor bir pazar. Valerio Natalizia, Güney Avrupa Bölge Müdürü, gelişmeleri oldukça yakından izliyor ve SMA açısından nelerin önemli olduğunu açıklıyor.
Sue Roaf is a solar pioneer. Despite facing opposition from the energy industry at the time and being told by the Government that it would never work “because there is not enough sunshine in Britain”, she has the first grid connected roof integrated PV in the UK in 1995. She has been at the heart of the solar revolution over the last 20 years. In 2016, she decided to upgrade her PV-installation which still worked perfectly to include storage. We sat down with her to ask a few questions.
Plenty of sun, lots of space and high demand for energy as well as a boost from the government. In Turkey, the solar industry is really starting to gain momentum. Growth of 600 MW or more is anticipated in 2016. However, the industry is still in the early stages, and this is difficult, particularly because of the frequently changing authorization requirements, regulations and approving parties. Valerio Natalizia, Regional Manager South Europe is right at the heart of the developments. He explains the most important points from SMA’s point of view.
Small- and medium-sized grid-tied renewable energy systems have recently created interesting investment opportunities in Kenya. Electricity tariffs ranged from 0.14 US$/kWh for large industrial consumers to 0.226 US$/kWh for normal household consumers in December 2014. As the market segment solar PV grows, the main question for both utility companies and investors is the possibilities of reducing cost of power production and its maintenance.
Plenty of fresh air, long distances and electrical engineering expertise: Kübra Seker* is the first female field service engineer who works for SMA in Turkey. In this interview, she tells us how she joined our team, what she enjoys about it and where she can apply her skills particularly well.
Bol temiz hava, uzun mesafeli yollar ve elektroteknik uzmanlık bilgisi: Kübra Şeker, Türkiye’deki SMA için dış hizmetlerde çalışan ilk bayan servis mühendisidir. Yaptığımız röportajda bu işe nasıl ve neden karar verdiğini, bu işin kendisini heyecanlandıran yönlerini ve yeteneklerini nerelerde oldukça iyi kullandığını açıklıyor.